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Dive Review of Thailand Aggressor in
Thailand

March, 2013, an Instant Reader Report by shaya zucker, TX, US (2 reports)
Report Number 6948
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel,Fiji,Palu,Bonaire,LIttle Cayman,Roatan,Utila,Belize
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
calm, currents  
Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 70    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
[Unspecified]  
Liveaboard?
yes 
Nitrox Available?
yes 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
1 or 2 
Whales
None 
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Corals
  1 stars
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Boat Facilities
2 stars
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Comments
They had a table that was  for cameras but also other things not camera
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Food
4 stars
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My friend Gale French and I just returned from the seven day voyage on the
new Thailand Aggressor in the North Andaman Sea. The diving was
advertised as some of the best diving in the world. The first three-four
days was diving around the Similan Islands. The guests who were diving
called the dives  boulder diving.  The yo,yo diving Dive Masters
searched to show the divers something. There were no schools of fish, and
very little sea life, just huge underwater rocks and boulders. The famous 
dive site Richelieu Rock  had some sea life, mainly sea anemones on the
rocks. When the Thailand  Aggressor arrived at the famous site there were
nine live aboards anchored, and a traffic jam of divers underwater. During
the ent ...
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By Elizabeth Russell in PA, US at Apr 24, 2013 11:14 EST  
Just got back from the South Andaman Sea itinerary. You hit the nail on the
head about the condition of the boat. We booked cabin 1 and ended up in
cabin 9 due to lack of air conditioning in cabin 1. The sewer backed up
several inches into our shower room. We had a sporadic water supply for two
days. I'm just glad we didn't do your itinerary. At least we only had one
other liveaboard at the mooring sites.
By robert kopki in FL, US at Jun 25, 2013 22:14 EST  
Shaya
Thanks for your thorough report on the Thai Aggressor. I was considering
this 
boat for next year, now will not.
FYI, if a diver is diving on an air computer but actually breathing Nitrox,
that
will not cause DCS. In fact that is a very conservative way to dive. I do
it
all the time. Your friend must have had another problem.
Bob
By George M Constantino in AK, US at Aug 02, 2013 10:38 EST  
THANK YOU for an honest review - this is why we are avid fans of Under
Current.
By Elizabeth Russell in PA, US at Aug 02, 2013 10:48 EST  
Just an update on my previous report. After several months of runaround
from Aggressor, I finally spoke with Wayne Hasson, who had numerous reasons
for us to be satisfied with our awful experience. He also stated that they
couldn't offer us compensation for the bad trip because they had already
paid the franchise owner for our trip. I pointed out that I also had paid
Aggressor a year in advance for our trip. Finally, we received a $500 each
off an Aggressor trip in the next 12 months. I guess that's a $400 refund
each for the cabin change and $100 to make us happy about it.
By Elizabeth Russell in PA, US at Aug 02, 2013 10:48 EST  
Just an update on my previous report. After several months of runaround
from Aggressor, I finally spoke with Wayne Hasson, who had numerous reasons
for us to be satisfied with our awful experience. He also stated that they
couldn't offer us compensation for the bad trip because they had already
paid the franchise owner for our trip. I pointed out that I also had paid
Aggressor a year in advance for our trip. Finally, we received a $500 each
off an Aggressor trip in the next 12 months. I guess that's a $400 refund
each for the cabin change and $100 to make us happy about it.
By carl berenson in WA, US at Sep 08, 2013 22:30 EST  
Sounds like it best to avoid the aggressor and the dive area. It was on my
list as well until I read the complaints. Thanks for sharing.
Dancer/aggressor boats are money mills for the owners. Recently retunrned
from Komodo dancer trip with no hot water in cabin/ shower, dripping a/c on
my bed, red bugs in my bed, and cockroaches in the cabin..diving was great
but I think word should go out to avoid this combo dancer/aggressor in
these regions until they stop fleecing the unsuspecting clients.
By carl berenson in WA, US at Sep 08, 2013 22:30 EST  
Sounds like it best to avoid the aggressor and the dive area. It was on my
list as well until I read the complaints. Thanks for sharing.
Dancer/aggressor boats are money mills for the owners. Recently retunrned
from Komodo dancer trip with no hot water in cabin/ shower, dripping a/c on
my bed, red bugs in my bed, and cockroaches in the cabin..diving was great
but I think word should go out to avoid this combo dancer/aggressor in
these regions until they stop fleecing the unsuspecting clients.
By Elaine Turner in VA, US at Oct 23, 2013 13:39 EST  
I hear that the Thailand Aggressor was renovated in August, 2013.  It
appears they re-did the bathrooms and shelving.  Has anyone gone on this
boat since then??
By George A Lindley in FL, US at Dec 26, 2013 23:21 EST  
We're going March 23-29, 2014. Talked to a girl that just got back from
Puket and said diving was terrible.The reefs have been destroyed by anchors
and over fished. She was land based. We will be diving the North Shore
maybe if we get away from everything it will be better.
By Douglas Cream in NY, US at Jan 18, 2014 17:23 EST  
I dove the Aggressor Thailand both North and South during the first 2 weeks
of November.  The boat was fine. Everything worked the way it was supposed
to. The diving sucked. The north Andaman sea is barren. Not a single shark
or manta ray was seen. The South was just slightly better but not worth the
long travel time or the cost of the charter. Aggressor/Dancer should be
ashamed of themselves for promoting the trip. Don't waste your time or
money.
By carl berenson in WA, US at Jan 19, 2014 23:50 EST  
Thanks for the recent update on the horrid conditions of the reefs in
Andaman sea. I will skip Thailand diving. I already figured out to skip the
Dancer and Aggressor boats. They are resting on past good service. Owned by
Asians who care about money, nothing else. Avoid completely.
By carl berenson in WA, US at Jan 19, 2014 23:50 EST  
Thanks for the recent update on the horrid conditions of the reefs in
Andaman sea. I will skip Thailand diving. I already figured out to skip the
Dancer and Aggressor boats. They are resting on past good service. Owned by
Asians who care about money, nothing else. Avoid completely.
By Douglas Cream in NY, US at Jan 20, 2014 00:04 EST  
Hi Carl. I thought that the boat was fine and the service was pretty good.
This was my third or fourth Aggressor charter and I have been on other
boats too, the Odyssey, Fabrina, and Bilikiki most recently. Was on the
Spoilsport too and managed to live through it! On board the Aggressor, the
crew was great, very eager to please, and the food was OK. The dive deck
and skiff operation worked well although the Nitox mix was inconsistent
(30-37% from fill to fill). If the diving didn't suck rotten eggs, the trip
would have been great. I forget to mention that we did see 2 whale sharks
at one spot on the north trip, but otherwise it did not come anywhere near
the B.S. hype.
By George A Lindley in FL, US at Mar 10, 2014 23:36 EST  
Will be boarding on March 22. We will report back on our trip. Doesn't
sound to 
promising. Have dove on the Truk, Fiji, Belize and Turks & Caicos
Aggressors and all were great.I hope the Aggressor Fleet Limited will stand
behind their good customers and provide the same great diving on every
ship. Diving is why we go on there trips the rest of the services are a
plus. There are 17 from Florida going I hope they don't disappoint us that
could be costly for them.
By philip nicozisis in FL, US at Apr 15, 2014 22:31 EST  
Would love to hear the latest on this live aboard !
By Melissa Schlenker in TX, US at Jun 01, 2014 21:15 EST  
Thank you all for your reports.  My husband and I were considering Thailand
but after reading everyones reports have decided not to.  As far as the
Aggressor goes, we dove on the Palau Aggresspr in 2008 and it was by far
our best trip.  It is disappointing to hear that the company has possibly
gone downhill.
By Melissa Schlenker in TX, US at Jun 01, 2014 21:15 EST  
Thank you all for your reports.  My husband and I were considering Thailand
but after reading everyones reports have decided not to.  As far as the
Aggressor goes, we dove on the Palau Aggresspr in 2008 and it was by far
our best trip.  It is disappointing to hear that the company has possibly
gone downhill.
By Douglas Cream in NY, US at Jun 01, 2014 23:04 EST  
The problem is with the Co. having the gall to market the North and South
Andaman sea as diving destinations, knowing perfectly well that they are
not. Not even close! I would be interested to know if anyone received any
adjustment from Wayne & Co.  All I got was "thanks for your
input." Well, input or not they are still peddling the site as
"The jewel of the Andaman Sea" Hogwash!
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